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Research interests

As an environmental microbiologist, my interests are in the adaptation of bacteria to complex environments. My approach is to combine aspects of molecular microbiology, microbial ecology and evolution, and although this might seem abstract, close connections can be drawn with bacterial adaptation in agriculture, veterinary and medical situations.

Key words : Bacterial adaptation; bacterial biofilms; bacterial plasmids; bacterial surfactants; environmental microbiology; experimental evolution; microbiology; molecular microbiology; Pseudomonas biology.


My teaching experience has been recognised by a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (from 2017). I am currently the Programme Leader for the BSc(Hons) Environmental Science and Technology (EST) Programme (from 2016), and my teaching activities include lectures, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and Hons research projects for Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Forensic Science (FS) and Environmental Science and Technology (EST) undergraduate programmes.

Leadership, Management and Administrative Roles / Experience

Environment Theme Leader (from 2016); Theme Leaders Group (from 2016); Research Degrees Advisory Panel (from late 2017); Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (from 2016); REF Group Champion (from 2016); Health and Safety Subcommittee (from 2014); and University Biological Safety Officer (from 2014).

Programme Leaders Group (from 2016); School Academic Committee (from 2016); Student Voice Programme Committee (from 2016); Deans of Science and Engineering in Scotland Education Group (from 2012 but currently inactive); School Health and Safety Committee (Chair) (from 2014); Genetic Modification Safety Committee (Chair) (from 2014); School Safety Officer (from 2014); School Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (from 2015); and Graduate School Postgraduate Student Forum (from 2016).

Employment History

Postdoctoral Researcher, Biochemistry, University of Oxford (1994 - 1998).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Plant Sciences, University of Oxford (1998 - 2001).

Departmental Research Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of Oxford (2002 - 2003).

University Research Lecturer, Plant Sciences, University of Oxford (2002 - 2006).

Senior CEH-Oxford Research Fellow, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Oxford (2006 - 2007).



NERC Peer Review College (from 2012); Royal Society of Biology in Scotland, Branch Council (Ordinary) member (2016 - 2020).


Current Professional Memberships

European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Ordinary member (from 2012); Federation of European Microbiological Societies, Affiliate member (from 2013); Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (from 2017); International Society for Microbial Ecology, Ordinary member (from 2006); Microbiological Society, Ordinary member (from 2000). Royal Institution, Full member (from 2009); Royal Society of Biology, Fellow (from 2008); Society for Applied Microbiology, Member (from 2013); and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience Environment and Society, Member (from 2007).

Education/Academic qualification

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Auckland


Cell Biology, MSc, University of Auckland


Cell Biology and Zoology, BSc, University of Auckland


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Pseudomonas fluorescens Medicine & Life Sciences
Biofilms Medicine & Life Sciences
Plasmids Medicine & Life Sciences
Cellulose Medicine & Life Sciences
biofilm Earth & Environmental Sciences
microcosm Earth & Environmental Sciences
spreaders Agriculture & Biology
plasmids Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1987 2019

Penetration of the air–liquid interface is key to the Wrinkly Spreader success

Jerdan, R., Kuśmierska, A., White, N. A. & Spiers, A. J., 8 Apr 2019, In : Microbiology. 1, 1A, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
8 Downloads (Pure)

Priming winter wheat seeds with the bacterial quorum sensing signal N-hexanoyl-L-homoserine lactone (C6-HSL) shows potential to improve plant growth and seed yield

Moshynets, O. V., Babenko, L. M., Rogalsky, S. P., Iungin, O. S., Foster, J., Kosakivska, I. V., Potters, G. & Spiers, A. J., 25 Feb 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 2, 17 p., e0209460.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quorum Sensing
quorum sensing
3 Citations (Scopus)
23 Downloads (Pure)

Control of pore geometry in soil microcosms and its effect on the growth and spread of Pseudomonas and Bacillus sp.

Juyal, A., Eickhorst, T., Falconer, R., Baveye, P. C., Spiers, A. & Otten, W., 13 Jul 2018, In : Frontiers in Environmental Science. 6, 12 p., 73.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
bulk density
aggregate size

Differential expression of insecticide resistance genes in Anopheles gambiae from Northern Nigeria

Abdu, H. U., Spiers, A. J., Hapca, S., Dauda, M. M. & Deeni, Y. Y., 30 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Biotechnology. 280, Suppl., p. S22-S22 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

11 Downloads (Pure)

Examining c-di-GMP and possible quorum sensing regulation in Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25: links between intra and inter-cellular regulation benefits community cooperative activities such as biofilm formation

Moshynets, O. V., Foster, D., Karakhim, S. A., McLaughlin, K., Rogalsky, S. P., Rymar, S. Y., Volynets, G. P. & Spiers, A. J., May 2018, In : Ukrainian biochemical journal. 90, 3, p. 17-31 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quorum Sensing
Pseudomonas fluorescens
Cyclic GMP


Adaptation and niche construction by Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25

Author: Koza, A., Feb 2011

Supervisor: Spiers, A. J. (Supervisor) & Otten, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Bioprospecting surfactants produced by Pseudomonas spp. isolated from soil for potential application in biotechnology

Author: Kabir, K., 18 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Spiers, A. J. (Supervisor) & Deeni, Y. Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Screening environmental Pseudomonads for characteristics suitable for a bio-engineered oil remediation agent

Author: Mohammed, I., Apr 2016

Supervisor: Spiers, A. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The development of a transparent soil and its application in imaging root trajectories and root bacteria interactions

Author: Downie, H., Feb 2013

Supervisor: Otten, W. (Supervisor) & Spiers, A. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The impact of bacteria on the biophysics of water retention and flow in soil

Author: Dello Sterpaio, P., May 2012

Supervisor: Spiers, A. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis